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I am the Discount Diva. I should not be wasting food. Yet I do. A lot. And whether it’s slimy turkey or mealy tomatoes, nothing makes me feel guiltier than putting food in the garbage. Turns out, I’m just a small contributor to a $165 billion food waste problem in this country. Growing food and getting it to your fridge takes 10 percent of the country’s tota…

WASHINGTON – Pleadings for “states rights” are usually associated with the segregationist presidential candidates George C. Wallace and Strom Thurmond. Now this lame, discredited slogan is being sold by President Trump to justify the savage, disabling financial and staffing cuts in programs that are restoring the Great Lakes. Trump’s budget will undo nearly a…

When it comes to technology jobs, the Buffalo Niagara region still is one of the industry’s backwaters. That’s a problem, because employment in the technology sector across the country is booming, growing roughly three times faster than the overall pace of U.S. job growth. Even worse, at a time of such rapid growth nationwide, the Buffalo Niagara region’s techn…

"Bones" ends on Tuesday. And that's not a moment too soon. Please understand: I was a staunch fan of the show when it first went on the air 12 seasons ago and remained a loyalist through its precipitous decline the last few seasons. Watching it now is like going to dinner at the houses of very old friends or relatives who, for some reason, feel no compunctions whatso…

A couple days ago a co-worker asked to borrow the multipurpose cleanser I keep in my bottom drawer. She wanted to wipe down a section of her desk. “I should clear everything off and wash the whole thing, but I’ll start small. It’s micro spring cleaning,” she laughed. Then she admitted this: The whole notion of spring cleaning terrifies her. And she even subsc…

If government can’t even get the little things right, why should we trust it with the big things? That’s the question municipalities should ask themselves when figuring out how to respond to a watchdog group’s report that gives failing grades to 14 out of 16 local governments on that most basic of tasks: letting the public know what they are doing in its name. …

I decided to write this article on what will surely be the coldest day for the remainder of March. Thermally, we have nowhere to go but up, right? In the longer term, most guidance, including the 46-day experimental European output, favors temperatures to run above seasonal average for much of the spring in the plains, the Midwest and much of the Northeast west of centr…

Bob Dylan once called him "the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll." This is not exactly faint praise, coming from a Nobel laureate. But such a statement, made in reference to Chuck Berry, who died Saturday at 90, demands to be unpacked. I mean, Bruce Springsteen tweeted something similar later that day, calling Berry "rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest …

It looked like a double whammy to end all double whammies. I don't think it is. Late last week, in two separate and unrelated announcements, we learned that the Main Street stores of both Record Theatre (in the University Plaza) and Talking Leaves (a few blocks away) will close. What's crucial to note in both cases is that, both Talking Leaves and Record Theatre's ot…

I spent Sunday heartbroken after hearing Jimmy Breslin, the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning New York City newspaper columnist and author, had died. He was 88 and had been my friend for all of my adult life. Many others will also make this claim, and it will all be true. Jimmy was loved by many. The first time I found out about him was when I was watching the TV news in…

Remember the movie “Can’t Buy Me Love” from 1987? It’s a classic. It stars Patrick Dempsey as nerdy lawn boy Ronald and Amanda Peterson as popular cheerleader Cindy. Ronald saves all his hard-earned landscaping money and offers Amanda $1,000 to pretend to be his girlfriend for a month. His plan is to be seen with Amanda, elevate his social capital and cease being a…

Not all of the St. Patrick’s Day revelers at the Buffalo Irish Center noticed the subtle signs of a mayoral campaign Friday during the 46th annual luncheon celebration. But to the seasoned politicos who descend upon the Irish Center every year for a Buffalo rite of spring, it was clear that incumbent Byron W. Brown and challenger Mark J.F. Schroeder — vying for the …

It stuns me every time. ABC's "American Crime" – not to be confused with the FX network's "American Crime Story" – is now in its third season. You might think my amazement would have abated by now. Not even close. I'm more amazed by the new season that began last Sunday than I've ever been. The fact that it's happening on Sunday, the most watched night of the w…

With the official start of spring just days away, it’s time to make note of some events you may not want to miss. For starters, presale tickets are now available for the 2017 Decorators’ Show House. This year’s house is the August Feine House, 766 Ellicott St., on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Presale tickets, $20, can be purchased until April 28 at jlbuf…

How much is solar power worth? For years, that nagging question has been at the center of a longstanding disagreement between the solar energy industry, which needs higher prices to compete with electricity produced with fossil fuels, and utilities seeking lower prices to end what they see as subsidies for an uncompetitive power source. New York utility regulators be…